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First Presbyterian Day School

8001 Mesa Dr
Austin, TX 78731

Phone:
(512) 345-8961

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that most children will develop needed skills and attitudes in a challenging environment with the help of caring, interested teachers. Our aim is to provide a program which will help individual young children grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually. Our focus is on what the child can do and is learning rather than what the child cannot do and needs to be taught. We are more interested in the process and the thinking involved than in the end product or the mere recitation of facts or labels. We believe that learning is best accomplished by doing, and that children of preschool age require this method of learning.

Our program helps children develop habits of observation, questioning, and listening. The child learns there is freedom to make choices, and that within the limits of consideration for people and things, conformity is not always necessary. We believe an open-ended program like ours prepares the child to utilize intellectual and creative abilities in future learning tasks.

A Typical Day

Every day, children work at centers such as; art, blocks, floor, toys, table toys, puzzles, books, discovery and pretend. A staff member is always near to answer a question, offer a challenging statement, or make an asked-for suggestion. Class schedules include much action and movement.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school